is there any argument for not taking Leach at this point? he seems to have got over his problems with his action, and is clearly statistically the best spinner in county cricket by *ahem* absolutely miles
by Rob Little9/14/2017 1:01:17 PM
I'm mystified by the Eng approach to spin. Moeen - yes, fine. But it seems all very half-hearted with regard to pretty much everyone else that doesn't yield instant success. Crane - who knows? Rashid seemed to me well worth persevering with for red as well as white ball. But you need a reserve (or a second) finger spinner. Who? I fear it'll be Dawson. :-/
by Jamie Dow9/14/2017 12:59:59 PM
WICKET: Kent 210/5 (63.1 ov, trail by 175 - 1st inns) v Gloucs JL Denly c Mustard b MD Taylor 57 (131) Partnership: 0 (0.2 ov) MD Taylor 18.1-2-60-1 SW Billings 0* (1)
by ESPNcricinfo Live9/14/2017 12:59:52 PM
And maybe a few spin bowling camps in Bangladesh with Qadri/Bess/Parkinsons. They do like a whole bunch of winter squads...
by NemoUKS9/14/2017 12:59:17 PM
@NemoUKS Too late it written in the stars, JOverton will get one eating breakfast on the first day
by nickcricket9/14/2017 12:57:29 PM
UPDATE: Match delayed by rain, Warwickshire 55/5 (24 ov, trail by 113 - 2nd inns) v Essex
by ESPNcricinfo Live9/14/2017 12:57:14 PM
Oh well done Sam...
by Dave Knibb9/14/2017 12:56:43 PM
They may do some sort of "fast bowler camp" like they've done before with Garton/Joverton/a few others but hopefully not as they always, always give someone a stress fracture of the back
by NemoUKS9/14/2017 12:56:34 PM
That is why England can call upon statistically the second best current Leg spinner from Shoreham-by-Sea
by nickcricket9/14/2017 12:56:14 PM
WICKET: Kent 210/4 (62.5 ov, trail by 175 - 1st inns) v Gloucs SA Northeast b Noema-Barnett 66 (90) Partnership: 106 (30.2 ov) K Noema-Barnett 8.5-1-15-1 JL Denly 57* (130)
by ESPNcricinfo Live9/14/2017 12:56:09 PM
TCurran for the EPP that is, not the main team
by NemoUKS9/14/2017 12:55:48 PM
Although how can Crane, Foakes or Curran get in as they are uncapped, and as Bayliss said...
by Dave Knibb9/14/2017 12:55:14 PM
Rashid can barely make the Yorks first XI at the moment
by Joe Williams9/14/2017 12:54:42 PM
@Dave .... hope I didn't put my foot in it.
by Jamie Dow9/14/2017 12:54:23 PM
I'd be surprised if Rashid is in the squad based on the noises Bayliss has made about him. TCurran is a fair call though.
by NemoUKS9/14/2017 12:54:14 PM
Think Rashid's probably dead in the water in Tests sadly.
by StaggerBreaths9/14/2017 12:54:03 PM
@NemoUKS I would expect Tom Curran to be in the squad since he's making the ODI squads now, over Coad or Garton
by carsayer9/14/2017 12:53:42 PM
Is Ballance a shoe in for the test squad? I know he wasn't technically dropped but may be seen as one failure too far, also not really scored any runs since early season now
by Joe Williams9/14/2017 12:53:19 PM
@Nemo Outside the last XI, I think the other 5 will be Hameed, Hales, Foakes, Rashid and Woakes.
by Dave Knibb9/14/2017 12:53:14 PM
Pretty glacial from Hameed. But I do think that, since the Aussies' main strategy at home is to wang it down as fast as possible, it's a pretty good counter-strategy just to defend and let them knacker themselves out (and get injured, as the most dangerous of them seem liable to). I'm ok with this from Hameed, even if it may not be electrifying stuff for the punters in the stands!
by Jamie Dow9/14/2017 12:53:10 PM
Crane is the main squad! The hype train has left the station. How many First Class Wickets does Moeen Ali or Rashid have in Australia? Not as many as Mason
by nickcricket9/14/2017 12:53:09 PM
UPDATE: Match delayed by rain, Glamorgan 137/5 (47.2 ov, lead by 34 - 2nd inns) v Northants
by ESPNcricinfo Live9/14/2017 12:52:25 PM
Bayliss did say they would take a few openers so that is where the batting reserve is likely to come from, if you think that the Keeper is a middle order reserve batsmen